Physical Therapy D.P.T.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Vermont (UVM) consists of 102 graduate credits offered in a 3-year full-time program format, inclusive of summers, that leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program is well recognized for preparing DPT graduates to lead as practitioner scholars who  translate evidence into contemporary best practice. The program of study integrates the basic and clinical sciences with physical therapist client/patient management practices and essential skills in scientific inquiry, leadership, business, professionalism, ethics and health policy. Students broaden their professional preparation through participation in 36 weeks of clinical internships interspersed throughout the curriculum. Internships are offered throughout the U.S. in a variety of specialty areas and require student travel to these locations. Assignments are based on students' educational needs and clinical site availability. Students are responsible for all costs associated with clinical internships.

Exceptional faculty role model clinical and research expertise across each of the specialty areas of physical therapist practice while facilitating student development as movement experts who promote health through exercise at the individual and community level.

Program Mission and Vision

The UVM DPT program mission is to prepare DPT graduates to lead and collaborate in the quest of promoting the health of individuals, communities and society through movement and exercise in order to optimize function, activity, and participation across environments. UVM graduates are movement experts who provide ethical, evidence-based, client-centered services in a culturally sensitive manner as they serve society to enhance quality of life. Graduates are decision makers in the primary care team who have a clear understanding of the importance of lifelong learning that will support their client, patient and professional needs.

The program's vision is to be recognized for leadership in its contribution to the creation, advancement, and dissemination of translational research while striving toward excellence to educate DPT scholars who collaborate to "transform society by optimizing movement," and promote individual and population health of our communities and society.

Professional Licensure

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination administered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.  


The DPT  program at UVM  is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314 (703) 706-3245,email:

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy

Applicants must complete the prerequisite course requirements and a baccalaureate degree in any major from UVM or any regionally accredited institution. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from institutions outside the U.S. will also be considered.

Applicants to the DPT program must have a cumulative   GPA of 3.00 or higher  in their undergraduate studies.  All  applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher prior to entry into the DPT program:

  • Two semesters of anatomy/physiology
  • Two semesters of college chemistry with labs
  • Two semesters of physics with labs
  • Two semesters of biology (not botany or zoology)
  • One semester of psychology
  • One semester of statistics

Application Process:

All Applicants must complete the  Common Application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), a division of the American Physical Therapy Association. Follow all instructions on the site. Application materials should be submitted directly to PTCAS and includes:

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Official Transcript(s) from all U.S. and Canadian schools attended. PTCAS and the UVM D.P.T. program accept prerequisite credits from regionally accredited institutions only. For international applicants, transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an official service and sent to the CNHS Office of Student Services.
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. GRE Code is 7708. Minimum preferred scores are 150 Quantitative, 150 Verbal and 4.0 Writing. Scores must be received by the application deadline.

Complete the supplemental UVM Graduate College Application form. Include the following information:

  • Upload a document that reads: "See essay on the PTCAS application."
  • Application Fee
  • Note: No transcripts, letters of recommendation or other materials submitted in the PTCAS application need to be submitted to the University of Vermont.
  • If applying to the combined DPT/PhD in Neuroscience program select the DPT/NGP option on the supplemental application. See website for details.

Complete the D.P.T. Prerequisite Course Completion form.

Minimum Degree Requirements

The UVM DPT program requires successful completion of 102 graduate credits.

Year One
ANNB 201Human Gross Anatomy6
August - December
PT 305Pathophysiology/Pharmacology6
PT 318Movt Sci 1: Kinesiology3
PT 420Undrstandng Evidence PT Pract3
PT 340Patient Mngmt Fndmntl Skills6
NSCI 302Neuroscience4
PT 306Pro Sem1:Intro to PT&Hlth Care1
PT 344Patient Mgmt Musculoskeletal 18
RMS 244Patient Mgmt Therapeutic Modal3
Year Two
PT 370Clinical Internship 13
PT 302Quality in Health Care3
PT 319Movt Sci 2: Lifespan Mtr Devel3
PT 307Pro Sem 2:Prep for PT Practice1
PT 422Research Proj- Systematic Rvw2
or PT 428 Research Pro- Non systemtc rvw
PT 330Psychosocial Issues in Health3
PT 345Patient Mgt-Neuromuscular 16
PT 347Patient Mgt:Cardiopulmonary4
PT 303Hlth Promotion & Disease Prvnt3
PT 308Pro Sem3: Ethics & Career Prep1
PT 329Knowl Imp Trans & Exch of EBPT1
PT 331Hlth Care Plcy & Pract Mgmt PT3
PT 346Patient Mgt-Neuromuscular 25
PT 348Patient Mgt:Medical/Surgical4
Year Three
PT 349Patient Mgt:Musculoskeletal 24
PT 360Integrated Patient Mgmt Sem1
PT 371Clinical Internship 25
PT 372Clinical Internship 3A2
PT 373Clinical Internship 3B1
PT 374Clinical Internship 3C2
PT 375Clinical Internship 45
Total Credits102

Students will be recommended for graduation by the DPT faculty if they:

  • Receive no more than 2 passing course grades below a B 

  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of their didactic course work 

  • Pass their Comprehensive Examination

  • Pass all clinical internships and clinical education coursework expectations during their clinical experience and receive no more than one U grade in a clinical education course (that was successfully retaken for a S grade)

  • Illustrate evidence of professional behaviors commensurate with professional doctoral practice in physical therapy

Limited Waiver Option

The DPT program faculty, under special circumstances, may allow a waiver of up to 6 credits based on prior knowledge. A course waiver form inclusive of prior knowledge supporting documentation must be submitted to the Chair of the DPT Admissions, Progression and Retention (APR) Committee and Program Director (PD) at least 2 weeks prior to the semester where the potentially waived course is offered. The DPT APR Committee will review all requests for recommendation to the PD.  Students will receive notification of decision in writing and the Graduate College will be notified when a waiver has been approved.. The student assumes responsibility for all content of any approved course waiver.

Comprehensive Examination

The examination takes the form of a small group research project or a systematic review that culminates in a written paper and an oral dissemination/defense. The written paper and presentations may take multiple formats and must be satisfactorily completed by the end of the 2nd  year of the  program  and prior to beginning PT 371 Clinical Internship 2. Should students not pass the comprehensive examination, they will have one additional opportunity to remediate and provide evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes of the comprehensive examination prior to being able to progress to their clinical rotations.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy

Successful completion of  all graded graduate credits with a 3.00 GPA or better and the comprehensive examination.